Curtis Tufts Alternative School News Archive

Winter Vacation Reminder

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

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Friday, December 22 is an early release day for all students K-12.

Our winter vacation ends on January 1 and school resumes on Tuesday, January 2.

Supt. Belson’s Statement On Superintendent Succession Plan

Wednesday, November 22nd, 2017

Superintendent Belson delivered the following statement during the November 20, 2017 School Committee (watch here):

“In June 2016, the Medford School Committee approved a succession plan for the position of Superintendent of Schools. A copy of that plan is attached to this report/recommendation. While it is within your discretion to keep, modify, and/or change the plan, it is a fundamental blueprint to begin the processes of succession and transition.

It has been my privilege and honor to be an educator in the Medford Public Schools for fifty years and to serve as your Superintendent of Schools for twenty-three years. I have greatly benefitted from the high quality and diligence of the professionals, support staff, school committee members and citizens who have worked with me throughout my career. I am eternally grateful to them for making my tenure and responsibilities as productive and rewarding as reasonably possible.

I have been very fortunate to have seen former students become teachers, administrators, and staff in our schools. I have had the experience of enrolling the children and grandchildren of former students.

While no one does significant work alone, I have had the opportunity to build new schools, establish a full range of programs, and acquire hundreds of millions in grants for our community and school district. Understandably, there is always room for improvement, but much has been done and more will be done in the months ahead. No one gets to finish everything, but we have put a lot in place that will be a solid foundation for the future.

Therefore, I am herein informing the Medford School Committee that it is my intention to retire from the position of Superintendent of the Medford Public Schools at the completion of my contract on June 30, 2018. This decision has been made without reference to any governmental change and/or issues that are in our community. It is simply the right period for me to spend more time with my family and to pursue special causes and interests that have not been possible given the schedule and work responsibility of an active School Superintendent.

It is my intent and plan to be fully engaged in the months ahead as your Superintendent. We have a lot of positive opportunities ahead of us and I will do everything possible to optimize and achieve our goals. Furthermore, I will be fully committed to ensuring a smooth and effective transition to new senior leadership.

It has been an honor and privilege to have served as Superintendent for the last 23 years. I am grateful to all.”

The School Committee commented after his remarks:

Mayor Stephanie Burke – “Mr. Superintendent, you have served this school system for over 50 years, with great pride and respect. I want to personally thank you for staying on during my first term as Mayor to help me adjust to the Chairman’s position. If you have any school question at all, you would get your answer from Roy. You will be greatly missed!”

Ann Marie Cugno – “Thank you Superintendent Belson. I speak out of respect for your dedication and devotion to the Medford School System. Roy is looked upon as a leader in education throughout the state. Most Superintendents stay in a district 3 years. We are very, very lucky to have had you for as long as we have.”

Paulette Van der Kloot – “Mr. Superintendent, you are an exceptional leader, unparalleled in your service. You work late into the night and on weekends. You are available to us at anytime of the day or night, or even if you are away at a conference or on vacation. You always return our calls. You respond to us immediately. You are compassionate leader as well, always ready to assist staff in their time of need. You have been a pioneer in this community, pushing the importance of early childhood education and the establishment of the Medford Family Network. A remarkable leader, you will be dearly missed.”

Kathy Kreatz – “Mr. Superintendent, you are a great leader who I am fortunate to have had guide me in my first term of office. You are always accessible to us and to the parents. Your retirement is bittersweet for me. I wish you nothing but the best.”

Robert Emmet Skerry, Jr. – “You have had a long run, a great run and dedicated 50 years of life to education. Medford is a better place because of you educationally. You are a master at the budget and always keep the needs of the children front and center. Don’t be a stranger.”

Mea Mustone – “Mr. Superintendent, I extend my congratulations and wish you well in your retirement.”

Erin DiBenedetto – “Mr. Superintendent, the blue and white run through your veins. You are leaving on a high note. Congratulations and best wishes.”

Medford Special Education PAC Events- Updated Dec. 11

Monday, September 25th, 2017

September 13, 2017 Welcome Back to School!
Back to school social and update. Keep an eye out for monthly “Coffee with the Principals” hosted by the SEPAC at your school

October 11, 2017 Let’s Get Organized
Join us as we learn great tips for organizing all that IEP and 504 elated paperwork. We’ll have supplies and snacks!

November 8, 2017
Basic Rights in Special Education

What are your rights when it comes to the IEP and 504? What are procedural safeguards? Where do you go for problem resolutions?

December 13, 2017 Celebrate the Winter Solstice!
Join us for a winter wonderland of meeting other families, socializing and having fun. Perhaps special guests will be in attendance.

January 10, 2017
General Meeting followed by Turning 3 Transition

Meet other parents of children with special needs and join us for our Turning 3 workshop – transitioning into the school system.

February 14, 2017
Meet representatives from the Department of Education (DESE)

Network and socialize with representatives from several DESE departments.

March 14, 2017
Executive Functioning

What is Executive Functioning? How can my child be more organized?

April 11, 2017
Create a Financial Plan

Learn how to plan for your child’s future.

May 9, 2017
SEPAC Elections and Self Care

Come vote for your SEPAC representative and join us for chair massages, manicures, self-care tips and socializing.

June 13, 2017
Family Picnic

Join us for a family picnic in the park

Events topics subject to change – Please check online at https://www.facebook.com/SepacMedfordMa

All events take place at the Andrews Middle School (3000 Mystic Valley Parkway) unless otherwise noted

Free “Science on Saturday” Program at MIT for K-12 Students

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

Science on Saturday website

Program flier

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MBTA Bus Passes for 2017-18 School Year

Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

Prices and Rules Information for FY 2017-2018

The MBTA Board of Directors approved the following fare structure for student’s passes

September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018

$30.00 monthly for a 7-day pass

If your child desires to purchase an MBTA monthly Bus Pass, the following procedures must be strictly adhered to:

Students must purchase a pass from Joanne Mortell in Accounts Payable Department at Medford High School on the dates listed below. The Accounts Payable Department is located to the right of the main lobby. Hours to purchase a pass are 7:00 A.M to 8:30 A.M and at the end of the school day. The phone number for the Accounts Payable Department is 781-393-2266.

No cash or personal checks are accepted; money orders only. All money orders are made out to The City of Medford. You can get a money order at a bank, post office or at some grocery stores.

STUDENT’S NAME, ADDRESS and GRADE MUST BE WRITTEN ON THE MONEY ORDER.

The 7 day Student Monthly pass is $30.00 per student per month. You can also purchase a 10 month yearly card for $300.00.

Passes should be available for your child on September 1st.

A new M7 Card can only be purchased on the 1st of every month; no exceptions. If you are reactivating your active bus pass, this NEEDS to be done by the 27th of each month.

Example: You have an active card for the month of September. To keep the same card active you need to bring a money order for $30 on or before the 27th of September to have an active card for October. If you miss the renewal date, your card will only stay active for the remainder of the month. You will then need a new card that can only be issued on the 1st of the following month. We encourage you to keep your current card active month to month so there is no interruption.

Months and Dates to Purchase a Monthly Pass:

October
September 25, 26 and 27th

November
October 25, 26 and 27th

December
November 20 21, 22, and 27th

January
December 20, 21 and 22nd

February
January 24, 25 and 26th

March
February 16, 26 and 27th

April
March 23, 26, and 27th

May
April 25, 26 and 27th

June
May 23, 24 and 25th

2017-2018 School Calendar- Updated Jun. 30th

Monday, June 26th, 2017

Master Events Calendar

School Holidays (no school)

Monday, October 9- Columbus Day

Tuesday, November 7- City Election & Teacher Professional Dev. Day

Friday, November 10- Veterans Day

Thursday, November 23 – Friday, November 24- Thanksgiving Recess

Friday, December 22 (Early Release Day) – Monday, January 1- Winter Break (School resumes Tuesday, January 2, 2018)

Monday, January 15, 2017- Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Monday, February 19 – Friday, February 23- February Vacation

Monday, March 12- Teacher Professional Development Day

Friday, March 30- Good Friday

Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20- April Vacation

Monday, May 28- Memorial Day

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